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2008 JBC All-American Team

Al-Aarouq Aminu

Height: 6-8 • Weight: 205 • Position: Forward • Norcross High School
• Norcross, GA • Hometown: Norcross, GA • College: Wake Forest

A shifty athlete with great explosiveness, Al-Farouq Aminu is a threat to score in a number of ways. He is considered by some to be the top small forward in the class of 2008. He shoots with range; pulls up well off the dribble and can dunk with authority in traffic. Aminu loves to get out in transition and finish with high flying dunks. He is very long and athletic which gives him the ability to post up or beat his man off the dribble.  With his body still developing, Aminu will only get stronger on the defensive end of the ball. With a 7’2” wingspan, he can play both forward positions and is a ferocious rebounder. Aminu will attend Wake Forest in the fall.

William Buford

Height: 6-4 • Weight: 180 • Position: Wing • Libbey High School
• Toledo, OH • Hometown: Toledo, OH • College: Ohio State

William Buford plays the game at one speed and one speed only; fast. He has a body built for contact and enjoys driving to the lane looking to draw the foul. Buford can put up points in a hurry also with his silky smooth jumper. He pulls up from three-point range and hits with consistency. He can also put the ball on the floor to take it to the rack or create space for his jump shot off the dribble. Buford has been a force at Libbey since his freshman season. Buford will stay home as he takes his skills to Ohio State University .

Ed Davis

Height: 6-8 • Weight: 215 • Position: Power Forward • Benedictine High School
• Richmond, VA • Hometown: Mechanicsville, VA • College: North Carolina

Ed Davis is a long and athletic forward that has developed a combination of effective post moves with his back to the basket. He can also face up to the rim and either shoot the mid-range jumper or score using spin moves, head fakes and a smooth jump hook shot. He runs the floor well, is quick off his feet and can really elevate. Davis shows his maturity by not settling for shots, but rather being patient and finishing with power dunks every time he goes up. Defensively, he holds his position well, which makes him a nightmare on the boards. He will join a talented North Carolina squad next year in Chapel Hill .

Demar DeRozan

Height: 6-6 • Weight: 205 • Position: Wing • Compton High School
• Compton, CA • Hometown: Compton, CA • College: USC

Demar DeRozan is probably one of the most athletic players in the class of 2008. Shooting the ball from anywhere on the court or making highlight reels with his Lebron like dunks gives him the ability to score at will. DeRozan brings his strong competitive nature every game, but more impressively, he truly is a team player. His quick first step makes is nearly impossible to keep up with him and has taken his Compton High School team from the bottom to the top. They went from 4-8 to 11-1 and getting national recognition all behind the spectacular abilities he has to offer.  He is a friend and AAU teammate of rapper Romeo “Lil’ Romeo” Miller who will also attend Southern California .

Michael Dunigan

Height: 6-9 • Weight: 253 • Position: Power Forward • Farragut Career Academy
• Chicago, IL • Hometown: Chicago, IL • College: Oregon

Michael Dunigan is following in the footsteps of Kevin Garnett who was also a graduate of Chicago Farragut Academy . The No. 1 ranked player in Chicago is a traditional big man who likes to post up and draw contact. He is a long and athletic post player with a lot of potential. Dunigan is very aggressive when getting the ball around the basket as he always tries to finish with authority.  He has a solid midrange game that he mixes in with his back to the basket moves. He dominates on both ends of the floor with his size and great understanding of the game. He started all four years at Farragut and has been an impact since his first day. He will join the University of Oregon next season and looks to have an immediate impact in the PAC 10.

Devin Ebanks

Height: 6-8 • Weight: 185 • Position: Small Forward • St. Thomas More School
• Oakdale, CT • Hometown: Queens, NY • College: Indiana

A top player in the class of 2008, Devin Ebanks has a rare combination of ability that allows him to play with his back to the basket while also shooting the ball well with range. He maneuvers his way to the basket like a guard, and possesses great body control. Ebanks is able to find the open man and deliver the ball with precision. Given his size and quick first step he can easily get around slower players. He uses his great basketball IQ on shot selection and rarely makes mistakes. On the defensive end he is quick enough to lockdown smaller guards and big enough to guard the post player. He will make an immediate impact at Indiana along with last years Jordan All-American Eric Gordon.

Tyreke Evans

Height: 6-5 • Weight: 205 • Position: Point Guard • American Christian School
• Aston, PA • Hometown: Chester, PA • College: Undecided

Tyreke Evans has been at the top of the 2008 recruiting class since he started playing high school basketball in the seventh grade. He is a very creative and consistent scorer that seems to be unstoppable. He can drive and finish with ease or rise above the rim. Evans loves to break his man down off the dribble and pull up for NBA range three-pointers as his ball handling ability is just as advanced as his jump shot. Evans has not made his decision, but there is a host of schools lined up for him to attend including Louisville , UConn, Memphis , Texas and Villanova are on his list of top five schools.

Drew Gordon

Height: 6-9 • Weight: 235 • Position: Power Forward • Archbishop Mitty HS
• San Jose, CA • Hometown: San Jose, CA • College: UCLA

Drew Gordon is one of the most dominant power forwards in the class of 2008 because of his size and athleticism. Gordon excels at scoring in the low post but is also a huge presence on the defensive end. He can get off the floor quickly and uses his long arms to block and alter shots. Rebounding is also a great asset for Gordon because of his great leaping ability and excellent hands. He runs the floor well and when the ball is around the basket he is a highlight reel dunk waiting to happen. He will join a loaded recruiting class for coach Ben Howland when he attends UCLA in the fall.

JaMychal Green

Height: 6-8 • Weight: 225 • Position: Power Forward • St. Jude High School
• Montgomery, AL • Hometown: Montgomery, AL • College: Alabama

One of the top big men in the class of 2008, JaMychal Green has perhaps the most physically fit body of all the high school big men. Green is an explosive player that finishes strong regardless of contact. He has great hands and establishes himself in the post very well. He loves to play with his back to the basket, but has the ability to step out and knock down the three-point shot. His demeanor and attitude are excellent on the court which shows his passion for the game. Green is a strong rebounder and often comes up with put back dunks on the offensive glass. He will stay close to home and attend the University of Alabama next fall.

Jrue Holiday

Height: 6-3 • Weight: 180 • Position: Guard • Campbell Hall High School
• N. Hollywood, CA • Hometown: N. Hollywood, CA • College: UCLA

Jrue Holiday is a poised, smart, mature yet aggressive shooting guard that can “do it all.” His NBA range jump shot, his ability to get to the basket with great body control and finish with both hands makes it seem as if the game comes to him easily. He is ranked in the top 10 of his class not only because of his offense but his lockdown defensive capabilities. He uses his quickness to pressure guards from baseline to baseline, and has the strength to guard post players and make them uncomfortable. Holiday led his team to an amazing 33-1 last season and a third consecutive state championship. He will stay in California and join a revived program at UCLA.

Scotty Hopson

Height: 6-5 • Weight: 180 • Position: Wing Guard • University Heights HS
• Hopkinsville, KY • Hometown: Hopkinsville, KY • College: Undecided

Scotty Hopson is an outstanding guard with the ability to play three positions. He has the size to be a huge threat at the small forward position, ball handling skills of a point guard and the jumper to take over at the shooting guard spot. He is regarded as one of the best pro prospects coming to the college scene in his class. Hopson solidified his spot in the top ten of his class at the LeBron James Skills Academy camp last summer where he played with passion and was described as unguardable. He displayed his explosiveness to the basket and was excellent at finishing with finesse. He is still undecided on where he will lace them up next season.

Brandon Jennings

Height: 6-2 • Weight: 170 • Position: Point Guard • Oak Hill Academy
• Mouth of Wilson, VA • Hometown: Lakewood, CA • College: Arizona

Combining speed, athleticism and the ability to take over a game by scoring or distributing is making Brandon Jennings the most recognized player in his class. He is dangerous shooting the ball from long range either off the dribble or off a screen. He has exceptional vision at the point guard spot and his quickness allows him to easily penetrate the lane and distribute the ball to his teammates for open shots. Being mentally tough and a fierce competitor helps him make great decisions with the basketball and sets him apart from other guards. He holds the highest single season point total and the highest points per game average in Oak Hill Academy history. He will join what some people call Point Guard University when he attends the University of Arizona next fall.

Malcolm Lee

Height: 6-4 • Weight: 165 • Position: Point Guard • J.W. North High School
• Riverside, CA • Hometown: Riverside, CA • College: UCLA

Malcolm Lee is a lightening quick guard that makes others seem as if they are moving in slow motion. He can play both the point and shooting guard position and makes great decisions at both spots. Lee excels at shooting the long range jumper off the dribble or from the pass. He maneuvers through the lane and finishes with smooth shots or uses his great vision to find the open man. Lee is probably the best in the class of 2008 at changing speeds in the open court and he has the ability to change direction without losing any speed. He will join fellow Jordan All-American Jrue Holiday at UCLA next year.

Greg Monroe

Height: 6-10 • Weight: 226 • Position: Power Forward • Helen Cox High School
• Harvey, LA • Hometown: Gretna, LA • College: Georgetown

Greg Monroe is a solid power forward with refined skills. Monroe, who was named a Parade Magazine All-American and Louisiana’s Mr. Basketball, posses great footwork that allows him to score in the post as well as face up to the basket and shoot the mid-range jumper. He is a nightmare for opponents on the glass and he uses his body well to get great position around the basket. On the defensive end, he is able to step out and guard on the perimeter while also being a strong presence in the paint. Not only is he a force on the court, but he is solid in the classroom as well posting over a 3.0 GPA in an honors curriculum. He is a great leader on the floor and will make an immediate impact at Georgetown University .

B.J. Mullens

Height: 7-0 • Weight: 255 • Position: Center • Canal Winchester HS
• Canal Winchester, OH • Hometown: Columbus, OH • College: Ohio State

B.J. Mullens is a well-rounded center with all the tools to make it at the next level. He is a smooth player that has a very soft touch around the basket. Mullens runs the floor well and creates a big target for guards to easily feed him the ball in the post. His great footwork and skills then take over, leaving the defender wondering what he will do next. Mullens likes contact in the post, but also has a nice touch off the glass. He showed just how much of a force he could be earlier this season when he can scored 62 points to go along with 20 rebounds while sitting out the last four minutes of the game. Mullens is the second consecutive Ohio State bound center to participate in the Jordan Brand Classic, following in the footsteps of Kosta Koufus.

Delvon Roe

Height: 6-8 • Weight: 220 • Position: Small Forward • St. Edward High School
• Lakewood, OH • Hometown: Euclid, OH • College: Michigan State

Delvon Roe is a true power forward with the athleticism of small forward. With a 7’0 wingspan, Roe has an extremely quick first step and monstrous leaping ability. He also possess great footwork in the low post and often uses drop steps, spin moves and counter moves before finishing with either hand around the basket. The left-hander is a dangerous defender and shot blocker when he isn’t using his size and strength to get position and be a force on the glass. Roe shows great lateral quickness that enables him to lockdown smaller guards. In the first game of the 2007-08 season he tore his meniscus at the beginning of the game and still finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Roe will fit in quite well with the Michigan State Spartans next season.

Samardo Samuels

Height: 6-8 • Weight: 240 • Position: Power Forward • St. Benedict’s Prep
• Newark, NJ • Hometown: Newark, NJ • College: Louisville

Samardo Samuels came from Jamaica for the opportunity to play basketball at a United States high school. The highly ranked power forward has taken full advantage and has led St. Benedict’s Prep to a national ranking each of his four years in Newark . Samuels uses his strength and agility to get his shots off using an array of moves to get the defender off balance. He has only been playing organized basketball for the past four years, but has developed great ball handling skills and recently added the ability to shoot from long range. Samuels has a great work ethic and brings tenacity every time he steps on the court.  He hopes to one day play in the NBA so that he will be able to help his family in Jamaica . In the meantime he plans to improve his game at the University of Louisville next season.

Iman Shumpert

Height: 6-4 • Weight: 180 • Position: Point Guard • Oak Park River Forest HS
• Oak Park, IL • Hometown: Chicago, IL • College: Georgia Tech

Iman Shumpert went from not being ranked in the top 100 to being arguably one of the best point guards in the 2008 class over one summer. Playing on the travel team circuit allowed him to showcase his talent at the top tournaments of the summer. Shumpert is an all around guard that effectively handles the ball, distributes with ease and scores at will. He is a sharp shooter that has range that extends to the three-point line but is best when pulling up for midrange shots. Shumpert’s great length allows him to have a strong defensive presence whenever he steps on the floor and but what is most is impressive is his confidence. Shumpert will join the Georgia Yellow Jackets next season in the ACC.

Kemba Walker

Height: 6-1 • Weight: 172 • Position: Point Guard • Rice High School
• New York, NY • Hometown: Bronx, NY • College: Connecticut

Kemba Walker is a slender guard that is a constant playmaker. His game has been compared to Chris Paul in the way he makes spectacular plays seem effortless. He shoots well and is always in complete control on the court. He has the ability to change direction and get the defense off balance and is best when in transition and dishing it off to his teammates. Walker also made a name for himself in the historic Rucker Park Tournament. He scored 39 points in a game that had to be moved to a college gym to accommodate the crowd. He is used to being in the spotlight and will be a great fit for the University of Connecticut .

Willie Warren

Height: 6-4 • Weight: 197 • Position: Point Guard • North Crowley HS
• North Crowley, TX • Hometown: Fort Worth, TX • College: Oklahoma

Willie Warren is another guard who can play both the point guard and shooting guard positions equally. He is a threat in more than one way and forces the defense to pick their poison. Warren can light up the scoreboard by raining down jumpers from long range or pick apart the opponent using his quick dribble to penetrate and dish to his teammates for easy shots. He loves to get out and run so he can use his explosiveness to blow past defenders. Warren will take his game to Norman , OK next season when he joins Jeff Capel and the Oklahoma Sooners in the Big 12.

Wesley Witherspoon

Height: 6-7 · Weight: 185 · Position: Small Forward · Berkmar High School 
· Lilburn, GA · Hometown: Lilburn, GA · College: Undecided

Wesley Witherspoon has what it takes to be an impact player at the collegiate level. He has a family history of top athletes and he did not fall far from the tree. Witherspoon is a long and athletic small forward that has the ability to score in big numbers. He is an excellent shooter that can knock down shots from anywhere on the court. His long arms allow him to be a fierce defender and shot blocker. He is also a strong rebounder on both ends of the floor. Witherspoon uses his quick first step to get past defenders and finish with highflying dunks. He is undecided on his college choice, but has a long list of top programs offering him a spot on their team.

Tony Woods

Height: 6-11 • Weight: 230 • Position: Power Forward • Rome High School
• Rome, GA • Hometown: Rome, GA • College: Wake Forest

One of the top big men in the class of 2008, Tony Woods has all the tools to be a dominant force at the next level. Woods is a very athletic big man with great hands. He loves to run the floor and is great at finishing on the break. He aggressiveness allows him to take over games. Woods’ strength has helped him become a dominant player as well as his great foot speed. He has the ability to alter so many shots in the lane and is a force on the glass as well. Woods will join fellow Jordan All-American Al-Farouq Aminu at Wake Forest next season.